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Light therapy for insomnia?


💤Troubles falling asleep?

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Insomnia is defined as the subjective perception of difficulty with sleep initiation, duration, consolidation, or quality, which occurs despite adequate opportunity for sleep, and results in some form of daytime impairment.

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Insomnia is a real pandemic disorder: studies report that 10%–30% of the population and even some studies estimate 50%–60% of the population suffers from insomnia.😱

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Sleeping disorders decrease the quality of life of people and are associated with medical and psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, dementia, head pain, diabetes, and addictions.

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Moreover, this is a very expensive disorder. Insomnia is costing the average U.S. worker 11.3 days, or $2,280 in lost productivity every year, whether the cost for the whole nation is around $100 billion per year.

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But there is light at the end of the tunnel: light therapy is an effective treatment to reduce insomnia.💡

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Light therapy regulates the circadian rhythm, our ‘biological clock’, by exposing light to the retina. And our circadian rhythm controls the secretion of different hormones, such as cortisol (the ‘stress’ hormone) and melatonin (the ‘sleep’ hormone).

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Consequently, light therapy should be able to normalize such as hormones influencing sleep disorders and stress. Accordingly, studies had shown that exposing patients’ retina to light decreases sleep disorders and depression in older adults.

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Also, patients with Alzheimer’s had shown benefits from light therapy reducing sleep disturbances, agitation, risk of falls and depression.

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💡In other words, change your bulb to a more potent one and illuminate your home or office throughout the day!

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